The Snohomish County Fruit Society is hosting a webinar on blueberries Sept. 10 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

The Snohomish County Fruit Society is hosting a webinar on blueberries Sept. 10 via Zoom. (Getty Images)

Home and garden events and resources around Snohomish County

Some events listed here are contingent on whether each jurisdiction is approved to enter the corresponding phase of the governor’s four-phase reopening plan. Check with each venue for the latest information.

Mukilteo Garden and Quilt Tour: The Mukilteo Way Garden Club is seeking gardens to feature in the 2021 Mukilteo Garden and Quilt Tour. The club will be previewing gardens this summer for this popular biennial event held in partnership the Mukilteo Lighthouse Quilters. Call 425-870-1775 or go to

Tour the arboretum: Still playing it safe? You can tour the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens virtually. Go to and click on the Virtual Tour tab. View dozens of photos of the sculpture garden, rock garden, Japanese maple grove, conifer garden, small urban tree walk and more. Or tour the gardens by appointment in groups no larger than five. Plan you tour one month in advance and make an appointment by calling 425-257-8597 or emailing

Get wild: The Camano Wildlife Habitat Project, sponsored by Friends of Camano Island Parks, hosts presentations the third Wednesday of the month. The next presentation, “Nearshore Habitats” is set for 7 p.m. Aug. 19 via Zoom. Jerilyn Ritzman, Shore Stewards coordinator for WSU Extension Island County, will lead the presentation. She will highlight the nearshore habitats you’re also helping protect when you take good care of your property. Call 360-387-2236 or go to

Blueberry bounty: The Snohomish County Fruit Society is hosting a presentation on “Blueberries” at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 via Zoom. Lisa DeVetter will give tips on growing blueberries in your own back yard. DeVetter is an assistant professor of small fruits in the Horticulture Department at the Washington State University, specializing in raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. More at

Master Gardener Hotline & Diagnostic Clinic: Call, email or set up a web conference with a master gardener. Snohomish County’s walk-in clinic at the WSU Extension office in McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett, is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Call 425-357-6010, email, or fill out a request form for a web conference via Zoom. More at

Put your garden to bed: Master gardener John Marsh will present “Putting Your Garden to Bed” 1 to 2 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Marsh will explain what you need to do this fall to get your garden ready for winter. He will go over perennials, shrubs, soil improvement, mulching and more. Meet at in horticultural classroom No. 105. Free for members, $10 for non-members. More at

Blooming bulbs: Bulbs slumber well under Pacific Northwest soil before bursting through with color when the weather warms. Master gardeners will present “Beyond Daffodils” 1 to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Learn about a variety of spring-blooming bulbs and how to care for them. Stay to help plant bulbs after class in the arboretum. Additional specialty bulbs will be available for sale. Meet at in horticultural classroom No. 105. Free for members, $10 for non-members. More at

Bulb Fest: The bulb-planting festival is 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Evergreen Arboretum and Gardens, 145 Alverson Blvd., Everett. Free. Help to plant hundreds of spring-flowering bulbs in the arboretum and, as a thank you, take a bag of bulbs home to plant in your own garden. Tools, bulbs and snacks provided. All ages welcome. Meet at the arboretum front entrance. More at

Fiber Fusion Northwest: The festival, scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18, is all online this year. When it isn’t virtual, it features a live fiber animal exhibit, a fiber arts show, a spin-in event, free demonstrations and a variety of classes, as well as a fleece show and sale. Most, if not all, of these features will be represented online. More at

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